Andrew Buchan

Andrew Neil Buchan (born 19 February 1979) is an English actor and writer. He is known for his roles as Mark Latimer in the ITV drama Broadchurch (2013–17), Scott Foster in the BBC political drama Party Animals (2007), John Mercer in ITV drama series The Fixer (2008–09), and William Garrow in BBC period drama Garrow's Law (2009–11).

Andrew Buchan
Andrew Neil Buchan

(1979-02-19) 19 February 1979 (age 44)
Stockport, England
Alma mater
Years active2005–present
SpouseAmy Nuttall (2012–2022)

Early lifeEdit

Buchan was born in Stockport and brought up in the suburb of Lostock, Bolton.[1] He attended the nearby Rivington and Blackrod High School where he was head boy during sixth form years in Horwich.[1]

During A-Levels, Buchan worked for Granada Studios as a tour guide, using amusing, unconventional methods to keep tourists interested. He also worked as a barman at Manchester Airport, as a concierge at the De Vere Whites hotel in Reebok Stadium,[1] and as a labourer for several months in Italy.

In 2001, Buchan graduated from St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages. He then trained the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).[1]


On the stage he has appeared as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (2005). In 2008, he appeared in Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All the Luck at Donmar Warehouse. The play ran for six weeks in London, before going on a short UK tour. Buchan was named Best Actor in a Touring Production by the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. In 2011, he returned to the Donmar to play Bolingbroke in Shakespeare's Richard II.[2]

His career in television began in 2006 when he appeared as the vicar, St. John Rivers, in the 2006 Jane Eyre and then as the regular character Scott Foster alongside Matt Smith in the political drama Party Animals. In 2007, he appeared as Jem Hearne in the award-winning Cranford, in a cast that included Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton and Eileen Atkins. Also in 2007, he appeared as the teacher 'Sean Knowles', with Richard Coyle and Indira Varma in ITV's The Whistleblowers. In 2008, he appeared in Season 4, Episode 1 of Bones as Dr. Ian Wexler.

In 2008 and 2009, he starred in the ITV1 drama The Fixer as the lead role, John Mercer, a paid assassin targeting people who have escaped the law. The first season of The Fixer received a Royal Television Society award for Best Series. In 2009, he appeared as Fishwick in the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy acting opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, and directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. In the BBC's Garrow's Law, he starred in the leading role as William Garrow. Series 1 started on BBC One on 1 November 2009, and continued for two more series.[3] In December 2009, he appeared again as the carpenter Jem Hearne in the BBC's two-part Cranford Christmas Special.

In 2010, Buchan appeared as journalist and love interest Billy Marshall in the made-for-TV movie Abroad, based in part on the true-life experiences of Toronto's Globe and Mail columnist and author, Leah McLaren. This movie was broadcast in Canada on CBC TV on 14 March 2010.[4] In 2010, he appeared as Joseph in the BBC's The Nativity. On 6 and 7 January 2011, he appeared in a dramatisation of the Laconia incident on BBC Television.

In 2013, he starred in multi-award-winning ITV drama, Broadchurch, as Mark Latimer, father of the murdered boy Danny Latimer. For this role he was awarded the best supporting actor "Dagger" at the Crime Thriller Awards 2013.[5] The immediate ratings success of Broadchurch led to Andrew, with co-star Jodie Whittaker, being invited to present a TV BAFTA at the awards ceremony in May 2013.[6] That same month his film, Having You, was premiered on Sky Movies.[7] In this bittersweet comedy about commitment and responsibility, Buchan played the lead character Jack, alongside Romola Garai as his girlfriend, and Anna Friel as a one-night stand from his past.

2013 also saw the release of multi-award-winning independent film Still Life, in which Andrew took a cameo role alongside Eddie Marsan. Later the same year, Buchan produced and starred in film short, 1946, based on the life of Hollywood actor, Jimmy Stewart. The film won the Award of Distinction at the 2014 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival.[8]

In July 2014, Buchan starred alongside Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal in Hugo Blick's eagerly anticipated political thriller The Honourable Woman. This was broadcast on both BBC2 in the UK and the Sundance channel in the USA. In October 2014, he starred in ITV's The Great Fire, portraying Thomas Farriner, the baker from Pudding Lane.

In 2015, it was announced that Buchan was cast[9] as the lead role in TNT drama pilot Home alongside Bethany Joy Lenz. Unfortunately Home was not subsequently serialised and remains unaired.

On Christmas Day 2016, the lavish dramatisation of Jasper Fforde's fantasy novel The Last Dragonslayer premiered on Sky One, featuring Buchan in the role of wizard, The Great Zambini. The following Christmas saw the high-profile release of Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World - the story of the kidnap of John Paul Getty III, grandson of billionaire John Paul Getty. Andrew played John Paul Getty II, father of the kidnapped boy, son of JPG, and husband to Gail Getty, played by Michelle Williams. Some of Andrew's scenes had been re-shot when Christopher Plummer replaced the disgraced Kevin Spacey as JPG just one month earlier.

In February 2018, Andrew was seen in a cameo part in James Marsh's The Mercy – a BBC film about ill-fated 1960s yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, featuring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in the lead roles. Later that same year, and wearing substantial prosthetic enhancements, he was seen as Henri Matisse in National Geographic's 2nd season series Genius: Picasso, playing alongside Antonio Banderas and Clémence Poésy. At Christmas 2018, he starred in Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders adapted by Sarah Phelps on BBC. He played Franklin Clarke, alongside John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot and Rupert Grint as Inspector Crome.

In 2019, Andrew featured in the third series of The Crown, as Andrew Parker-Bowles, a friend and a rival of royal family members. He continued playing the role in the fourth series that finished filming in March 2020. In addition, Andrew appeared in two films: Intrigo: Samaria alongside Phoebe Fox and Millie Brady and Baghdad in My Shadow[10] by Swiss/Iraqi filmmaker Samir alongside Zahraa Ghandour.

In addition to stage, television and film, Buchan has built up an extensive voice acting catalogue. He has appeared in BBC Radio drama, Dickens Confidential,[11] and radio dramatisations of Therese Raquin[12] and The Great Gatsby.[13] He has read prose and poetry on BBC Radio for Words and Music: Law and Order[14] and Ave Maria,[15] as well as featuring in on-line role-playing games, audio books,[16] advert voiceovers and narrating TV documentaries and reality-competition shows, such as Britain's Best Home Cook.

Personal lifeEdit

Buchan married his long-term girlfriend, actress Amy Nuttall, on 8 September 2012, not far from their respective childhood homes in Lancashire, England.[17] The couple had been together since 2007. They have two children, a daughter and a son.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Deaths of Ian Stone Ryan
2009 Bear That Broke Writer, producer; short film
Nowhere Boy Fishwick
2012 Whitelands Connor Short film
2013 Having You Jack
Still Life Mr. Pratchett
2014 1946 James Stewart Short film
2017 All the Money in the World John Paul Getty Jr.
The Mercy Ian Milburn
2019 Baghdad in My Shadow Martin Hartman
Intrigo: Samaria Henry Martens


Year Title Role Notes
2006 If I Had You Marcus Television film
Jane Eyre St. John Rivers Miniseries (2 episodes)
2007 Party Animals Scott Foster 8 episodes
The Whistleblowers Sean Knowles Episode: "No Child Left Behind"
2007–2009 Cranford Jem Hearne TV series (6 episodes)
2008 Bones Dr. Ian Wexler Episode: "Yanks in the U.K.: Parts 1 & 2"
2008–2009 The Fixer John Mercer 12 episodes
2009–2011 Garrow's Law William Garrow TV series (12 episodes)
2010 Abroad Billy Marshall Television film
Coming Up Ben Episode: "Eclipse"
The Nativity Joseph Miniseries (4 episodes)
2011 The Sinking of the Laconia Thomas Mortimer Miniseries (2 episodes)
The Fades Mark Pilot
2013–2017 Broadchurch Mark Latimer 24 episodes
2014 The Honourable Woman Ephra Stein Miniseries (7 episodes)
The Great Fire Thomas Farriner Miniseries (4 episodes)
2016 Home Joe Television film
The Last Dragonslayer The Great Zambini Television film
2018 Genius Henri Matisse 3 episodes
The ABC Murders Franklin Clarke Miniseries (3 episodes)
2019–2020 The Crown Andrew Parker Bowles 4 episodes
2020 Alex Rider Ian Rider 2 episodes
The Spanish Princess Thomas More 8 episodes
2020–2022 Industry Felim Bichan 6 episodes
2021–2022 COBRA Chris Edwards 6 episodes
2022 This England Matt Hancock TV series (4 episodes)
2023 Better Col McHugh Main role[19]
2023 Carnival Row Mikulas Vir 7 episodes
TBA Passenger Screenwriting debut[20]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Romeo and Juliet Mercutio Royal Exchange, Manchester
2008 The Man Who Had All the Luck Donmar Warehouse, London / UK tour
2011–2012 Richard II Bolingbroke Donmar Warehouse, London

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2010 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards Best Actor in a Touring Production The Man Who Had All the Luck Won [21]
2011 Gemini Awards Best Leading Actor in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series The Nativity Nominated
2013 Crime Thriller Awards Best Supporting Actor Broadchurch Won
2014 Leeds International Film Festival Best British Short 1946 Nominated [a]


  1. ^ Shared with Robert Ford.


  1. ^ a b c d Minard, Jennifer (9 October 2006). "A classic role for TV star Andrew". The Bolton News. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ Donmar (2011). "Richard II". Donmar Warehouse. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  3. ^ BBC One. "Garrow's Law: Tales from the Old Bailey". BBC. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  4. ^ McLaren, Leah. "Abroad | TV Movie". Leah McLaren. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Andrew Buchan for Broadchurch - Supporting Actor Dagger, 2013". Crime Thriller Awards. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Attendees announced for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards". BAFTA – TV. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Having You". Sky Movies. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  8. ^ Bloch, Peter (1 December 2014). "Willamsburg Film Festival Archive". Archived from the original on 16 May 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (16 September 2015). "Andrew Buchan & JoBeth Williams Cast in Jerry Bruckheimer's TNT Pilot 'Home'".
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  11. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra. "Dickens Confidential". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  12. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra. "Therese Raquin". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  13. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra. "F Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  14. ^ BBC Radio Three. "Law and Order". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  15. ^ BBC Radio Three. "Ave Maria". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Julius Caesar". Naxos AudioBooks. June 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  17. ^ Nuttall, Amy (9 September 2012). "Is now legally and finally and more important HAPPILY... MRS Amy BUCHAN!!!". Twitter. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  18. ^ Wilson, Benji (4 January 2015). "The perils of being Mr Nice". The Sunday Times. London. Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Better cast and creatives tease 'very dark thriller' about a corrupt police officer and a gangster that's 'full of high stakes'". 7 February 2023. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  20. ^ Goldbart, Max (17 March 2022). "'Broadchurch' Star Andrew Buchan Behind ITV Drama 'Passenger' From Sister". Deadline. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  21. ^ Bourne, Dianne (19 April 2010). "Theatre awards a winner". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 28 February 2023.

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